Anxiety Disorders Facts
Anxiety is a multifaceted mixture of the feeling of fear, apprehension, and worries often associated with physical sensations, such as palpitations, chest pain and/or shortness of breath. It may exist as a primary disorder or may be associated with other medical problems including other psychiatric disorders.
Anxiety disorders are a group of conditions with exaggerated anxiousness and worry about variety of concerns, which persists for an extended period of time.
Anxiety disorders are not the same as the common anxiety that we feel as a result of a situation, which we perceive as threatening. Good examples of such situations are:
- stage or classroom presentation,
- near-missing car accident, or
- simply expecting the results of a blood test.
Occasionally, anxiety can be quite helpful:
Anxiety can stimulate people to deal with a threatening situation, put some efforts into study for an exam, or perform better in sports.In other instances, anxiety could be very repetitive.
It could interfere with your ability to cope your daily routine or even disrupts person’s daily life.
In this case, it means that a person may have an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are illnesses, which force people to feel nervous most of the time without obvious reasons.
Generalized anxiety disorder, in comparison to social anxiety disorder, drive people in getting occasional and/or, intense moments of anxiety, which can make them totally immobilized. Anxiety disorders are the most widespread of all mental disorders. Many people misinterpret these disorders and think they can recover from them by themselves (i.e., without professional treatment). Apparently, this is not the case.
Luckily, there are many treatments available today to help people with anxiety disorders. Consult your family doctor for an advice.
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Stress and Anxiety
As we know now, stress in its different forms is capable of provoking anxiety. It can also progress into anxiety disorder. Stress is a normal part of our lifes. Unfortunately, it can’t always be managed among different life situations surrounding you. However, it is in your power to make decision on how to react to stress and how to prevent stress from taking control of you.
A few advices to cope with stress on your own:
Pinpoint the sources of your stress, analyze it, so you can deal with it.
Talk about your stress situations with a friend or just keep personal notes, which eventually will help you to find out what situations are causing you stress.
Then do something about it.
Remember, if you are not in control of a situation, it can add other negative attributes to the stress you are feeling.
Analyze necessary steps you need to take to deal with the stressful situation, then take action.
Physical exercises can help relieve your stress. Note that your mind and your body will be preoccupied reducing stress symptoms. Take a walk, stretch, play tennis, swim, play card games with your friends or family members, or just do whatever you like to do. Doing regular exercises will help you cope with stressful situations in the future.
A well-maintained body will give you more resources to handle stress.
Enjoy the taste of different vegetables, fruits, whole-grain foods, and protein-rich meat.
Consume plenty of water and reduce or totally eliminate sugar and caffeine (in pop, coffee, and tea) in your diet.
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Five rules to cope with anxiety:
Become a Detective
Take an Action
Assess Your Stress
Eat Well – Be Well
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